Plan snacks for road trips

Sep 28, 2007 at 9:29 p.m. ET

When driving to share holiday happenings with friends and family, plan and pack snacks so as not to arrive overly hungry, said Sandy Procter, Kansas State University Research and Extension nutrition educator.

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"Children, in particular, have small stomachs, so they need to eat frequently," she said. "Plan a snack to take the edge off hunger, but not spoil the appetite for the upcoming meal."

Procter suggested fresh or dried fruit, whole grain crackers, cheese, veggies with low-calorie dip or nuts as healthy, yet satisfying snacks.

"Supervise children when eating and particularly when eating in the car," said Procter, who also is a registered dietitian and coordinator of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in the state.

More information on food, nutrition and health is available at local or district K-State Research and Extension offices, as well as on Extension's Web site: (click on "Nutrition and Health").